Academic Achievement

Academic Achievement is one of the top priorities for schools in the era of No Child Left Behind and standardized testing and also one of the three domains of the ASCA National Model.  School counselors play a critical role within school systems to promote academic achievement for students by supporting their social and emotional learning, advocating for them, creating a welcoming environment, and linking what they are learning to their future plans.

Below you will find links to Web Resources, Journal Research Articles, and Curriculum Materials.

Web Resources

Achieve has released the report, Closing the Expectations Gap: 2010, on the progress that states have made in implementing the American Diploma Project which recommends aligning high school policies to meet the demands recent graduates will have in college and careers.

American Psychological Association
The APA released the following article: Teaching Resilience, Sense of Purpose in Schools Can Prevent Depression, Anxiety and Improve Grades, According To Research.

American Youth Policy Forum
The AYPF published Raising Minority Academic Achievement in 2001.  Their study looked at school and youth programs across the country that have shown academic achievement in minority students.  This report lists their findings and recommendations for school districts. 

The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance
This executive summary details how the Center for Disease Control reviewed 50 studies involving physical activity at school and how it improved academic achievement.

The College Board
Resources for professionals re: college guidance.

High Schools that Work
The Southern Regional Education Board has developed 10 key practices that effect student academic achievement.

How Can the Achievement Gap Be Closed? A Freakonomics Quorum
This Freakonomics blog has experts in the field discussing how to close the achievement gap.

Center on Instruction
The Center is a clearing house of information on research based best practices for instruction to improve achievement in schools.

Learning First Alliance
The Learning First Alliance is an organization dedicated to improving student learning.  This website is a forum where success stories are shared.

The NEA Foundation
This site gives information on how to apply for a NEA Foundation grant to improve the academic achievement of students in public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area.  Education support professionals are eligible to apply.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Based on data from the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the CDC has found that high school students who engage in risky heath behaviors have lower academic grades.  This site provides facts sheet on how the different risky behaviors affect grades.

The Education Trust
National non-profit promoting educational justice and high achievement.

Helping Youth Succeed through Out of School Time Programs
The American Youth Policy Forum did a study on out of school time program and one of their chief findings is that well designed out of school time programs can improve students’ academic achievement.

Minority Student Achievement Network
The MSAN studies achievement gaps that exist for minority students.    Based on their findings, the MSAN has recommended practices that will help schools close the achievement gap.

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Journal Research Articles

CSCORE does not endorse any of the following research studies.  Instead our goal is to present you with the latest research being conducted.  It is up to you to decide if the study is reliable and valid.


School Counselor Program Choice and Self-Efficacy: Relationship to Achievement Gap and Equity
By: Nancy Bodenhorn, Edward W Wolfe, and Osaro E Airen.
Professional School Counseling, 2010

At-Risk Ninth-Grade Students: A Psychoeducational Group Approach to Increase Study Skills and Grade Point Averages
By: Holly Kayler and Jamie Sherman
Professional School Counseling, 2009

The Academic Motivation of At-Risk Students in a Counseling Prevention Program
By: Michael John Scheel, Soumya Madabhushi, and Autumn Backhaus
The Counseling Psychologist, 2009
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Closing the Gap: A Group Counseling Approach to Improve Test Performance of African-American Students
By: Angelia M Bruce, Yvette Q Getch, and Jolie Ziomek-Daigle
Professional School Counseling, 2009

Evaluating a Small-Group Counseling Program-A Model for Program Planning and Improvement in the Elementary Setting
By: Dee Bostick and Ron Anderson
Professional School Counseling, 2009

The Brotherhood: Empowering Adolescent African-American Males Toward Excellence
By: Shelby Wyatt
Professional School Counseling, 2009

The Multidimensional of School Engagement and Math Achievement Among Racial Groups
By: Daniel T. Sciarra and Holly J. Seirup
Professional School Counseling, 2008

Parental Effort, School Resources, and Student Achievement
By: Andrew J. Houtenville and Karen Smith Conway
The Journal Of Human Resources, 2008

The Structure and Culture of Information Pathways: Rethinking Opportunity to Learn in Urban High Schools During the Ninth Grade Transition
By: Robert Cooper and Daniel D. Liou
The High School Journal, 2007

Early Adolescents' Aspirations and Academic Tracking an Exploratory Investigation
By: Patrick Akos, Glenn W. Lambie, Amy Milsom, and Kelly Gilbert
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Achievement and At-Risk Middle School Students' Perspectives of Academic Support
By:  Elisha A. Chambers, Michael Hylen, and James B. Schreiber
Journal of Research in Character Education, 2006
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Student Risk Factors Identified By School Counselors and Student Achievement
By: Darren Couillard, Julie Garnett, Angel Hutchins, Mary L. Fawcett, and George Maycock
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 2006

Peer Exclusion and Victimization: Processes That Mediate the Relation Between Peer Group Rejection and Children’s Classroom Engagement and Achievement
By: Eric S. Buhs, Gary W. Ladd, and Sarah L. Herald
Journal of Educational Psychology, 2006

Linking School Counselors and Student Success: A Replication of the Student Success Skills Approach Targeting the Academic and Social Competence of Students
By: Linda D. Webb, Greg A. Brigman, and Chari Campbell,
Professional School Counseling, 2005

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Curriculum Materials

Missouri Center for Career Education
This site has free guidance lesson plans including lessons aimed at academic development.

Promising Practices Network
The Promising Practices Network has screened programs for evidence that they work.  The results for the outcome area “Children Succeeding in School” are listed on their website.

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